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Mollepata

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Mollepata is a decent-sized Peruvian mountain town. A few hours' drive away from Cuzco, it is the launching-off point for backpackers taking the Salkantay Trek. Some travelers choose porters and guides that will drive them further up into the mountains, but independent trekkers will begin their trek in the square. Although most businesses are closed in the early morning when most trips start, there is one restaurant on the square that will sell you a delicious, decent breakfast and cocoa, coffee, or tea. They also have a restroom available for use- be sure to make a purchase if you will be using their restroom, everything gets more expensive the more remote you get, including toilet paper costs. They also sell a few sundry items that might be useful on your trek. Everyone in town knows where the Salkantay Trail begins. Ask anyone in the town which way to go, and they will tell you the way. If you don't speak Spanish, just say "La Trocha del Salkantay?" and they will point you in the right direction. Be prepared to go through mama's chicken coop though. The trail out of town goes between backyards. Mollepata is in Peru.

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